Woodcut on pink paper
Support: Rose paper
Sheet: 20.6 x 36 cm (8 1/8 x 14 3/16 in.); Image: 20.3 x 35.5 cm (8 x 14 in.)
Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1925.987
Catalogue raisonné: G.24; M/K/J 22
The majority of prints from Noa Noa were printed by the master printer Louis Roy or, later, by Paul Gauguin's son Pola, making this impression particularly rare.
In 1891 Paul Gauguin traveled to Tahiti, seeking a more authentic style of art making than the conservatism he rejected in Western culture. After returning to Paris in 1893, he began working on Noa Noa, an illustrated book that explained and illustrated his experiences abroad. Although the project was never completed, this print is one of its illustrations. Gauguin depicted a lush landscape by chiseling roughly into a woodblock, a technique meant to suggest relief sculpture he viewed in Tahiti. This style is emphasized by the irregularly applied ink of Maruru—one of only a few impressions Gauguin printed himself.
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